Something that happens in due time is the result of a planned event. It agrees with an appointed time.
Since the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, God has sought to restore him through a process that will take a lifetime before it is finished.
II Corinthians 6:2 says “ For God said, I have heard you in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I helped you: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”.
We are in our due process now. It started when Jesus came to redeem us. Don’t miss out on the process. You are overdue to experience the power of His salvation.
It is time to get to know Him.
What do you think of when you hear the word Boot Camp? I think of rigorous training, preparation for some task or event.
The term boot camp is applied to different venues where there are groups of people training, outdoors and/or in the fitness industry. Training in spiritual boot camp is not so different than the natural, but the rules, the requirements are for much higher stakes.
The training you get in the an Armed Forces boot camp will help you to get an earthly victory, but spiritual boot camp training has further reaching implications. Spiritual bootcamp, prepares you to win battles that take spiritual territory, as well as victories which will eventually place us right in the present of Almighty God for eternity.
A greater number of people fail to learn to co-operate with their trainer. Resulting in failing to discover their purpose in fighting in their training. The trainer knows what it takes to prepare you for the battles ahead, which will bring you all the victory.
Do not become weary – Galatians 6:9 says: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”), We can be confident to know that successfully coming through boot camp will be just what we needed to get us through in tough times ahead.
The depth of our endurance in training will determine the height of our victory after battle.
Psalm 126:5 reminds us that “They which sow in tears, shall reap in joy”
You are my child and because of who I AM you are blessed – more than blessed. As you seek me, I am found by you. I have heard and answered all your prayers.
I know that you love me, and yes I know you’re not perfect. But, remember I am still perfecting you. Thank you for having an open mind for me to work with and through.
I am waiting on you. I am always here for you, working on your behalf. Just come to me morning, noon, or night. Stay in My presence. Remember, you are never alone. I am always with you even to the end of the earth.
And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness (Malachi 3:3)
Malachi is the last book of prophets, which is the last book in the Old Testament. He brought God’s message to the nation of Israel just before what is often called the silent years; the four hundred years from his prophecy to the New Testament.
God sends him to the Jews who had just resettled in their land after being released from captivity in Babylon., His message comes to “the sons of Jacob” 3:6, but the message is directed to all of humanity through out all times. The day of God’s judgment is coming, and God will hold back His wrath if people will repent and return to Him.
Our attention is focused on two things: sons, and the spirit of Levi:
Levi was the third son of Jacob and Leah.
Moses and his brother, Aaron, were both descendants of the Tribe of Levi. When Joshua led the Israelites into the land of Caanan (Joshua 13:33), the sons of Levi were the only Israelite tribe that received cities but were not allowed to be landowners
“At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister to Him and to bless in His name, to this day. 9 Therefore Levi has no portion nor inheritance with his brethren; the LORD is his inheritance, just as the LORD your God promised him (Deuteronomy 10:8-9).
Levi would be chosen by God Himself to do service in the Temple worship.
As the New Testament and 21st century Church of the Lord Jesus, we need to be committed to serving God with the same spirit of Levi, as God’s own special people.
I Peter 2:9 says: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you. who have been set aside to bring glory to Him.
Our purpose and duty is to serve. The real temple is our heart. Not just that physical pump inside our chest, but I mean from the heart of our spirit; which is where the Lord Jesus actually comes to dwell.
When we let Him live in our hearts we become part of a continual growing, and ever increasing relationship with Him.
God wants to live in a temple that He is pleased to dwell in.
He listens to us when we call upon Him, so we can…
….come boldly to the Throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find help in times of need (Hebrews 4:16”).
Jesus is our High Priest, and the captain of our salvation. We are His sons, who have access to all that He makes available for effective service for Him. That service includes impacting our world with his love, in letting people around us know the power of His love, and His saving grace.
In families children (natural sons) leave their worries to their fathers. As spiritual sons we learn to cast our cares upon Jesus; and there’s nothing we can’t bring to Him - “Casting all your cares on Him because He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7).
As sons and children of God, the process of purification is one that is on going. It is not always an easy process, but the act of yielding ourselves to our Heavenly Father, guarantees that result will end in pleasure to God, and satisfied sons.
Trust is a component of Faith.
Faith is more than positive thinking. Positive thinking will NOT produce faith. Faith is trust in God, and the only way to develop faith is to learn to know God. Since He is trustworthy, as we learn to know Him, we spontaneously learn to trust Him. Faith is trusting God when things don't turn out the way we expect.
Hebrews 11:6 is the classic text:
"Without faith it is impossible to please God: for he that cometh to God must
believe that He is (that God exists), and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."
God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Not those who seek merely His blessings, but those who seek Him, are the ones who find their reward. For He is the reward.
Read Luke 18:7
Yet, Luke 18:8 says,
"When the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?"
You and I can't work up or create our righteousness - nor does our faith originate within us. Both are gifts from God designed to produce fruit. Both come as a result of knowing Jesus. Being able to trust Him comes form spending time in communion, fellowship, and relationship with Him. If you will come to Him, He will give you the genuine faith that you need.
The first byproduct of seeking Jesus is genuine faith. Righteousness, or right-doing, is the second.
No man can create faith. The Spirit of God operating within a person and enlightening a man or woman, creates faith.
There are two things are necessary in order to trust someone. First you must find someone who is trustworthy. Second, you must get to know them.
When it comes to the Christian life, one thing is required; that you come
to Jesus, and that you keep coming to Him day by day. If you will keep coming to
Him, God has made Himself responsible for taking care of everything else that needs to happen in your life. Someone has said it like his - "If the eye is kept fixed on Christ, the work of the Spirit does not cease until the soul is conformed to God's image”.
The main and deliberate effort in the Christian life is to seek God. More trust in Him will be the end result.
God is bringing us to a decision: Do we trust God or do we trust in ourselves or other men?
Question: Seeing the condition of today’s world, where would you say
It seems that most men put their trust?
Isn't it reasonable to trust good Christian experts, like doctors and counselors? Doesn't God work through them?
When Jesus was on earth and someone came to Him for healing, He never once said, "Go see Luke, I heal through doctors." (Luke was a physician) Instead, Jesus healed the person directly, either through His Word, which we have today in the form of the Bible, or He healed them through natural methods, such as clay or water. My point is that He can use them, but He is the healer Who can be trusted.
God has promised to "heal ALL our diseases-" Psalm 103:3 He tells us that He, alone, is our Physician. "I am the Lord who heals you-" Exodus 15:26 Then He tells us exactly how He will do it in Deuteronomy 7:11-15 "If you obey My laws my commandments and my decrees. . . I will put none of these diseases upon you."
Jehovah-Jireh (Provider) Hebrews 11: 8, 17-19
So we must claim God's promises and expect the fulfillment of them, as we follow Him keeping His Commandments.
All action is dependent on belief, belief that enters into trust. In other words, if one believes something, it is a sure requirement for actions to follow it.
Question: Does having faith/Trust in God eliminate opposition, or cancel out problems.
Note The design of Trust in God: Read - Proverbs 3:5-6 Psalm 7: 3-5
Read - Proverbs 3:5-6 Psalm 7: 3-5
Do you trust God Completely?
God has always sought for man to fellowship with Him.
Not without challenge, our fellowship and relationship with Jesus Christ should be growing everyday. When we can’t see His hand, we seek for His Heart. Since believers are co-laborers together with Christ (I Corinthians 3:9) we need daily to stay in His presence. God uses one Generation to prepare the one that follows. Since that is the case, we must keep a close check on our walk with Him. It’s good to take inventory every now and then, and as citizens of Heaven we should keep a precise record of a life that honors our Lord. We are the generation that God wants to use as His messengers. Moving forward in obedience to His word is always the guarantee that we will continue to hear His voice (read Amos 3:7). This secures our eternal heritage which He provides for us (read Psalms 78). The Holy Spirit makes a cry for us to stand in the gap for the next generation. What do people see in you and I by the way you live? God loves them just as they are, but He loves them too much to let them stay as we are. Their lives can be changed. As Christian believers we must tell them. It is no secret, that when men are not willing to yield their hearts to God, they are capable of doing just anything. The Christian community has been raised in this dispensation, this era in time, for this moment in history. God wants you! Is there some lingering sin found in your life? It’s time for us to say we have sinned and repent. You are God’s Chosen people “But you are a chosen Generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. So let us arise to the task that has been set before us, it is better to obey God than man. Receive God’s instructions and spring into action. You have been given a voice by God, for the end-times Generations.
The family is God’s institution. The family is the foundation upon which all of human society rests. God ordained it to be so. Being established on love, God the Father wanted the world to know His love. The family is meant to express that love in our interactions with family members, and others on the outside. The love that is to be shared in families was designed to be an extension of God’s idea of “Agape” the unconditional kind of love.
This love is not limited to “I love you because of” but goes on to “I love you in spite of”.
Society as a whole cannot be anything more or less than the individuals in it; Ones level of commitment in college usually is a reflection of their commitment at home. Ones advancement in business is a direct result of their mind set at home.
Hence: All of society is born out of the home.
If Honoring God is first and foremost to us in your homes, He will be the same in whatever we do in all other places. God wants a family- yours and mine. He is not looking for the one that’s perfect already. He wants one that He is allowed to bring to perfection in His own way. That being said, Are you and your family available to Him?
These days the family is under great attack, and some are even trying to redefine it; but they won’t be able to change what God has created.
Your situation may have brought you to a place in life where it is difficult to cope. But remember, God brought you and I into the earth through the family. He always takes care of who and what belongs to Him.
Question: What do you think of when you hear the word identity?
The word synonymous comes to mind.
Answer: the same as something or someone else,
Christianity is Christ. The Christian life is Christ living His life in and through the believer. The life of Christ is reproduced in the child of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is a new life with new relationships. It has a new source, Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote, "Christ . . . is our life" (Colossians 3:4). Jesus told His disciples, "Abide in Me, and I in you . . . I am the vine, you are the branches" (John 15:5).
Paul gives us a great principle on living the Christian life in Romans 6:11 "Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus." When we reckon on something we accept it as an accomplished fact.
Paul again refers to this identification with Christ in Galatians 2:20. He writes, "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." Paul died to the law and was crucified with Christ. He often uses the idea of dying with Christ (Gal. 5:24; 6:14; Rom. 6:8; Col. 2:20) and burial with Christ also (Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12). "So complete has become Paulâ’s identification with Christ that his separate personality is merged into that of Christ.
Note: Dying to the law represents having passed left our old way of life to a new and living way.
This language helps one to understand the victorious cry in Rom. 7:25 (Although his flesh is set on the law of sin, his mind is set on the law of God).
Celebration means to rejoice, to commemorate some grand event. In the case of the Christian faith, it is to commemorate an internal event. The coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This time in history was carved out for us:
In the mist of these dire warnings, Isaiah also foretold of a bright future with the coming Messiah. God would not forget his covenant made to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David. He would spare the remnant of the nation of Israel out of which would come the Messiah and His Kingdom.
Not only the Jewish people would see His salvation, but the promise is extended to the Gentiles (you and I) to experience His great salvation. (Compare Isaiah 9:2 with Luke 2:30-32) Observing the condition of the other nations of this present day, we are most privileged to have this Gospel of the King and His Kingdom. We have the greatest of opportunities of any nation, in any dispensation to bring the love of God to a dying world; to reach out and extend a helping hand to the:
Hope is something that people today talk a lot about. They want their hopes and dreams to become realities. We are creatures of hope. Hope is a gift given to us by God our creator. Hope is looked at by some in a negative way because it suggests that people are merely wishing and longing for something they have not attained. But hope plays a most important role in our lives, especially in the life of a child of God. God is the God of hope and faith. Hope is a component of faith. It is a tool you use that reaches for something that you don't see.
In Romans 8:24-25, Paul says, “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeketh, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it” (KJV). Hope says that it can be, while faith says it already is. Without making this complicated, I believe that it is fair to say in order to declare a thing not yet seen with authority (which is faith) one must accept the truth that it is possible...(hope). This is where hope plays its finest role in our lives. Hope and faith work hand in hand. Think of a tiny snowball rolling down hill accumulating more snow as it goes, until it becomes a snow boulder. Hope is the tiny snow ball, and faith is the boulder.
When a man tries to exercise hope without linking it to faith, the end result can only be frustration. If this is not corrected, eventually it brings a person to despair. It takes no work at all to fall into despair, and despair has invited itself and brought ruin to millions of people’s lives around the world for thousands of years. But it takes effort, and the exercising of hope combined with faith in God to crush the devastating affects of despair. People live with despair regularly every day as if it was meant to be a part of normal life. They are living free among the dead. But instead of living free among the dead, they become prisoners of hope. The kind of hope the prophet Zechariah speaks about. "Turn you to the stronghold ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee... Zechariah 9:12. A prisoner is one kept confined by another. Wouldn't you rather be a prisoner of hope than to be free among the dead and despairing? Jesus is your hope, regardless of your situation in life. He can handle whatever has befallen you. Give Him your life today, and trust in Him at all times. Situations in life often bring feelings of despair and hopelessness, but we are never without hope!
Read these scriptures concerning the hope we have in Jesus our risen savior, and be overtaken with joy as you see your deep despair being crushed by the loving hand of God because of hope!
Pastor Willie Johnson
Scriptures that speak about HOPE---
Joel 3:16; Zechariah 9:12; Hebrews 7:19; Job 14:7, Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:3,
Psalm 31:24; Romans 5:5, and 12:12; I Timothy 1:1; Proverbs 14:32, Peter 1:13,